Central America Tours & Adventures

Guided backpacker experiences in Central America

Central America has long since proved itself as one of the best places in the world for backpacker tours, in no small part thanks to its deluge of life-affirming experiences (and its slightly volatile nature). Trust us, this is a place where you’ll be glad to have all your transport, passes, and accommodations pre-arranged as part of your tour, meaning you can just sit back and enjoy the ride.

That’s not to say it isn’t friendly to visitors. Many countries in Central America, such as Costa Rica and Nicaragua, have well-established tourist trails that make them a pleasure to travel around. It’s more that the things this region is famous for – insanely bio-diverse rainforests, picture perfect turquoise oceans teeming with rare marine life, and cities thrumming with culture – are simply significantly easier to enjoy if somebody else is taking care of organising it all and getting you to the right place at the right time. The last think you want is to get lost in the rainforest. Trust us.


Awesome tours in Central America


Panama Experience

from £679.15

Costa Rica, Panama

From San José, hit the beach and mountain retreats on your way to the locks of the world-famous Panama Canal...

Basic Costa Rica

from £594.15

Costa Rica

Stay flexible in Costa Rica on this unique two-week adventure. You'll hit the volcanoes, a cloud forest, and both of...

Essential Costa Rica Independent Adventure

Costa Rica

Hit two of Costa Rica's signature spots: First, head for the outdoor adventure playground around Arenal Volcano and take advantage...

Essence of Central America

from £6,046.00


Discover the culture and landscapes of this fascinating region on a trip that takes you from Mexico City to Havana...

Costa Rica: Raft, Snorkel & Kayak

from £1,100.00

Costa Rica

Quench your wanderlust while sating an appetite for adventure on this active trip through one of the world's greenest countries....

Mexico City to Playa Del Carmen BOLT

from £855.00

Like the sound of tropical beaches, ancient ruins and all of the excitement and style of Latin America? Mexico’s the...

Nicaragua & Costa Rica

from £488.00


Whether it’s the twin volcanoes reflected in the water of Lake Nicaragua, the smell of rich morning coffee in the...

Yucatan, Chiapas & Mayan Riviera

from £764.10


If you’re short on time but want to delve into the Yucatan, this wide-ranging itinerary in one of Mexico’s most...

Costa Rica Active Adventure

from £975.20

Costa Rica

Trekking, biking, horseback riding, kayaking, ziplining. Costa Rica really is the "Adventure Capital of the Americas." Thrill-seekers will find more...

Best of Central America

from £1,631.15

Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Hondur...

From ancient ruins to active volcanoes, get off the beaten track and discover extraordinary Central America – on a shoestring....

Articles and stories about travelling in Central America


Touring Central America

There may only be seven countries in Central America, but the range of backpacker tours may seem dizzying at first. Broadly speaking, they fall into two categories: leisure and volunteering. The former can be anything from hiking up a volcano in Costa Rica or trekking through the jungle in Guatemala, to bar crawls and dancing in Panama City. Volunteering tours give you the chance to contribute to the numerous wildlife conservation programmes doing vital work across the continent to preserve its unique animal and marine life. There are even tours that give you the chance to do a little bit of both.

The best approach for choosing a backpacking tour in Central America is to work out exactly what interests you most about the region, and look through the range of tours we have available to see what most closely matches. Whatever you pick, when you visit Central America it’s guaranteed to be an adventure you won’t forget in a hurry.

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